Paul Bettany has joined the new Han Solo film.
On Friday, director Ron Howard revealed the news, sharing a picture of Bettany on the set of the Star Wars stand-alone.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017
“The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday,” Howard wrote. Soon after, the director confirmed Bettany is in the film, writing of his A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code actor: “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented.”
The first post caught fire with fans, and before Howard confirmed the casting, Twitter users quickly began asking Howard if it meant Bettany is in the upcoming film.
The movie will make May 2018 quite a month for Bettany. In addition to the Han Solo movie, Avengers: Infinity War opens that month, and audiences will see him once again play Vision.
Bettany’s casting comes two weeks after the production lost Michael K. Williams, as his schedule could not accommodate the extensive reshoots Howard has been overseeing.
This is far from the first time Howard has gotten fans all worked up with a tease via social media. Ever since the Oscar-winning director took the reins of the film in late June, he has been doing a masterful job of leaving little breadcrumbs for fans to follow. Howard has previously announced the additions of Warwick Davis and his brother, Clint, via Twitter.
In July, Howard told The Hollywood Reporter he enjoyed the little teases, but was very careful to never give away too much.
Howard took over the picture when its former directors, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, were fired after clashing with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. As sources detailed to THR then, the directors felt like they were being given “zero creative freedom,” while the Star Wars brass was displeased by the duo’s improvisational style that saw takes deviate from Kasdan’s script.
The still-untitled Han Solo movie opens May 25, 2018.